Snow Shoeing

I strapped on my snowshoes this morning and headed out the back door. The snow was a bit harder because some melting had occurred yesterday, and then a little refreezing during the night.

I stepped easily along my previous tracks which was fun. Then I made a new track around the front of the house which required some effort, but I thought, “What the heck, why don’t I head across the street into the woods?” Do something more interesting!

I surprised myself by managing fairly easily to climb up over the steep snow bank, and then off I was into the woods. The deep snow made the old path hard to find. Fortunately the red tags on the trees were still there but it was hard going! I had to stop fairly often to rest and catch my breath.

Finally I came to some deer tracks about three-quarters of the way up to the old stone wall. I had already seen enough squirrel and chipmunk tracks on the way and even snow prints of tinier creatures, so I decided to take a picture here. My shot of the deer tracks didn’t come out but here’s a shot of my snowshoe tracks.

I decided to go back to the house at this point because I told Cynthia I’d do some shopping for her. The trek back along the path I’d already made was a lot easier, of course, than the way up in the virgin snow. I navigated back over the big snow bank to the road without too much trouble.

The woods were lovely, dark and deep but I had promises to keep!

UPDATE: I made it up to the old stone wall this afternoon (Feb. 4), then turned right and proceeded another 20 feet or so. We’ll see how it takes me to make a path to the top of the hill.

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  1. nash’s avatar

    Glad you’re taking care zdad!! Snowshoing is alot of fun…

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Right, nash! It is fun and good exercise too. Thanks for your comment. Drop in more often. 😀

  3. debi_in_hawaii’s avatar

    you and Kate are making me SOoooooooooooooooooooo jealous!!
    All i gots to play in is the same ol’ sun. boring! 😡

  4. SleepyLaKate’s avatar

    Hey Dad, this post has Robert Frost poems all over it!

    And Debi.. the grass is always greener, eh? We want warm sun, you crave deep snow! 😛

  5. GeologyJoe’s avatar

    Looks like you had a good time Mard. Breaking trail is hard work. We went this weekend too. The snow is perfect right now.

    I will say thou, I agree with Kate, I think I’d take some of Debi’s sun any day now…I could go for clear skies and 80 about know. How bout you?

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Let’s see, Kate….
    The woods were heavy, filled with snow,
    The trees were laden, red tags aglow,
    But I had to stop, a nose to blow.

    Let’s see, Debi….
    Same ol’ sun, burnin’ up the sand
    Same ol’ snow, coverin’ the land
    Life’s such a bore, could we ask for more?

    Hey, good, Joe! The whole family loves snowshoeing! I read your post and see you’ve got the dogs and LilGuns on the trail too. OH, and Wife as well! Way to go. It’s great fun.

    Hey, groomsman, those are nice money pouches. If only there were something to put in them!

  7. meeting rooms’s avatar

    After reading your post on Tuesday, I was expecting it to snow today as forecast, so I can skid down my road but that didn’t happen.

    Thanks anyway for sharing Marde. Paul

  8. Mardé’s avatar

    Just wait, Paul. If you’re living in the northeast, it won’t be long before another snowstorm sweeps in from the west or south.

  9. meeting rooms’s avatar

    I do stay down south and it would be great to have some snow again. Monday was one of the most friendliest day to me in london. Could it have been the snow?? White I guess is peaceful..

  10. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, meeting rooms, I heard you had a big snow day over there in London. Enjoy the white while it lasts.


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